5th Johann Nepomuk Hummel International Piano Competition

Member of the World Federation of International Music Competition


Supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Slovak Republic
Bratislava, Slovak Republic
29th. May – 5th June 2005

J.N. Hummel Society
Slovak Philharmonic
Faculty of Music of the University of Performing Arts
Slovak Radio

Prof. Marian Lapšanský

J.N. Hummel Society
Markéta Štefková, PhD.
Svätoplukova 18, 821 08 Bratislava
e-mail: info@hummel-competition.sk

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Johann Nepomuk Hummel (1778-1837), a native of Bratislava, was considered to be one of the Europe´s greatest composers and pianists in his lifetime. He studied with Mozart, Albrechtsberger, Salieri and Haydn. As a composer Hummel stands on the borderline between epochs. His work embraced virtually all the genres at the turn of century (except of symphony) and he is an outstanding representative in writing of virtuoso piano music. Stylistically, Hummel´s music connects classical with many proto-Romantic elements. As one of the most renowned representatives of late Classicism, be developed the styles of Clementi, Mozart and Beethoven and portends those of Schubert, Mendelssohn, Chopin, early Liszt and Schumann.

The International Johann Nepomuk Hummel Piano Competition would like to keep in memory the message of this great composer and piano virtuoso. At the same time it is the wish of the organizers that this competition will be the starting point of artistic careers of remarkable pianists.


    1. The Competition is open to pianists of all nationalities born after 29 May   1973.
    2. Deadline for sending the applications is 18 February 2005 (the post stamp is decisive) Applications are received by:
      International Johann Nepomuk Hummel Piano Competition
      Markéta Štefková, PhD.
      Svätoplukova 18
      821 08 Bratislava, Slovak Republic
    1. The following documents are to be enclosed with the application form:
      1. two recent photographs 9×13 or 10×15 cm (suitable for reproduction)
      2. the copy about payment of the enrollment fee 50 € to the bank account of:
        Slovak Philharmonic, Medená 3, 816 01 Bratislava,
        The name and address of the bank:
        VÚB Univerzálna retailová pobočka Bratislava – Gorkého
        Gorkého 9, 813 20 Bratislava, Slovak Republic
        account No: 1819041112/0200
        Swift: SUBASKBX
        The banking fees related to the transfer of the enrolment fee shall be paid by the candidate. Otherwise the application will be neglected.
  1. The candidate´s identity and age will be verified before the opening of the competition.
  2. On 124 May 2005 lots will be drawn to set the order of the contestants. In the case of a participant´s absence, a member of the Competition Secretary will draw the lot instead of him/her.
  3. The competition will be organized in three rounds: max. 15 candidates will pass from round one to round two and max. 6 candidates will pass from round two to round three.
  4. The repertoire on the application form is obligatory.
  5. The entire programme (except the Hummel´s Trio) has to be played by memory. In case of high number of participants the jury is entitled to reduce the programme of the 1st stage.
  6. The following main prizes will be awarded to winners of the 6th International Johann Nepomuk Hummel Piano Competition (in Slovak Crowns): 1st prize – SKK 120.000 (and three concerts in Slovakia), 2nd prize – SKK 80.000, 3rd prize – SKK 60.000.
    The winners of the main prizes get at the same time entitled the Competition Laureats. Besides that, some other special prizes announced before the beginning of the competition may be awarded.
  7. The jury wil consist of significant Slovak and international artists and pedagogues, with a majority of international jurors. The names of the jurors will be announced at the Competition´s opening.
  8. The results of the competition will be announced publicly following the Competition finals onon 5 June 2005 with the festive awarding of the prizes. The decision of the Jury is final.
  9. The Jury is entitled not to award certain prizes, to join or divide them, with the exemption of the 1st prize, which cannot be shared.
  10. The competitor agrees that his/her performance may be recorded by Radio, TV companies. The shots can be used to promote the Competition or its laureates at noncommercial base.
  11. Competition performances are not anonymous and they are accessible to public.
  12. If requested, accommodation will be reservated by the Secretariat of the Competition.


Stage I.
a) one sonata by J. Haydn or W. A. Mozart
b) one work of  F. Chopin chosen from following:
Impromptu, op. 29; Impromtu, op. 36; Impromtu, op. 51; Fantaisie-Impromptu, op. 66
c) one etude from Etudes d´execution transcendante eventually from Grandes études de Paganini by F. Liszt
d) an etude by F. Liszt (one etude from Etudes d´execution transcendante eventually from Grandes études de Paganini)
e) one etude by  J. N. Hummel

Stage II.
Recital consisting works from at least two different style periods + on composition of Slovak composer written for the 6th International J. N. Hummel Piano Competition (will be sent together with the letter of acceptance after application deadline). Duration of Stage II: min. 50, max. 60 minutes.

Stage III.
a) one trio by J. N. Hummel chosen from the following: Trio E flat major, Op. 12; G major, Op. 35; G major, Op. 65
W. A. Mozart – C minor, K. 491, A major K. 488, E flat major K. 482:
b) one of the following concerts:
W. A. Mozart – C major, KV 467; A major KV 488,
B flat major KV 595; L. van Beethoven – No. 2, 3, 4;
J. N. Hummel: A minor Op. 85; F. Chopin: E minor op. 11, F minor Op. 21



Marian Lapšanský, Slovak Republic

Ida Černecká, Slovak Republic
Sándor Falvai, Hungary
Pawel Kowalski, Poland
Peter Toperczer, Czech Republic
Jan Wijn, Netherlands


1st Prize:
Andrew Brownell, (USA)
2nd Prize:
Alessandro Deljavan-Farshi, (Italy)
Yi-Chih Lu, (Taiwan)
3rd Prize: not awarded